Gingerbread



Gingerbread Recipes

Gingerbread has such a delightful flavor, it is a shame to only have it but once a year. I like to make them for Valentines Day as well as Christmas. Gingerbread makes a wonderful cookie that can be enjoyed plain or with icing. Gingerbread is such a fun cookie batter with so many options. The cookie is firm enough to be used as ornaments for the tree. Punch a hole in the cookie to run a small ribbon through. They can be hung as separate ornaments or string them together to make a garland. They can also be a decoration tied onto a gift.

Gingerbread Valentine Cookies Gingerbread Christmas Cookies
Gingerbread Valentine Cookies
 Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

This gingerbread cookie dough makes a firm but soft cookie. Some gingerbread recipes require you to chill the dough but this recipe you can bake right away. This flexible dough can also be used for individual modeling that works well with young children.

 

Preheat oven to 350°

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

(makes 8, 5 inch long Fat Gingermen, or 16 thinner ones)

Blend until creamy the following:

  • 1/4 Cup REAL Butter (room temperature)  Gingerbread Cookies
  • 1/2 Cup White or Brown Sugar

Then beat in:

  • 1/2 cup dark molasses

In a separate bowl, sift:

  • 3 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

Resift with:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

And the sifted ingredients to the butter mixture in about three parts, alternating with:

  • 1/4 Cup Water if you roll the dough, or 1/3 Cup Water if you model it

You may have to work in the last of the flour mixture with your hands if you are not using an electric mixer. Grease the bottom of a cookie sheet. Roll the dough directly onto the baking pan any thickness you like. Use floured cookie cutters to cut out the shapes, then remove the excess dough.

Cookie Tip: Don't have a flat cookie sheet, turn your pan upside down and make your cookies on the bottom side of the pan.

 

Bake cookies about 8 minutes or longer, according to their thickness. Test for doneness by pressing the dough with your finger. If it springs back after pressing, they are ready to be cooled on a rack.

 

Cookies can be decorated prior to baking if using raisons, red hots, candied fruits, marshmellows, or citron indicating features or buttons. If using icing they can be decorated after baked and cooled.

 

Royal Icing Recipe

  • 1 Cup sifted Confectionary Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg White

Mix the confectionary sugar and egg white; divide the icing into small bowls and tint each one a different color. Spread or pipe onto the cooled cookies and allow to set. Icing will spread smooth if you desire a smooth finish. You can add piped textures of varying colors for extra detail. Once set the icing will harden and hold it's shape.

 

 

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